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Tekken 7 Definitive Edition Review

A huge fighting game package

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 with PSVR on 👊

Tekken 7 Definitive Edition is also available for Xbox One

Tekken 7 Definitive Edition is rated Teen by the ESRB

Tekken 7 has been around for a handful of years and it's back with a jam-packed Definitive Edition so get ready for the next battle.

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Noctis Lucis Caelum and Lidia Sobieska are just 2 cool new characters

The first Tekken game that I ever played was Tekken 2 back when I got a PlayStation in 1997. The series has come a long way since then and Tekken 7 Definitive Edition is perhaps the most comprehensive experience that the fighter franchise has seen yet. For those unfamiliar with the base game, the core gameplay that Tekken is renowned for remains intact with characters that range from highly technical to newbie-friendly. However, there are a few mechanics that set it apart from the pack such as its Rage system where you can unleash a devastating character-specific Rage Art whenever it's available. There are also Screw hits that let you launch enemies and smack them into the ground as well as Power Crush moves that can absorb some enemy attacks while leaving you vulnerable in other ways. v1d30chumz 3-236-65-63

These additional mechanics are a welcome change although the classic Tekken feel is very much in full effect and that is excellent. Speaking of which, there are loads of familiar characters to play as and on top of the ones that were in the vanilla version, Tekken 7 Definitive Edition also includes Eliza, Geese Howard from the SNK universe, Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV, Anna Williams, Lei Wulong, Craig Marduk, Armor King, Julia Chang, Negan from The Walking Dead, Zafina, Ganryu, Leroy Smith, Fahkumram, Kunimitsu, and Lidia Sobieska. Even though there are a lot of characters with 54 to choose from, I still wish that more were included, especially some quirky ones like Dr. Bosconovitch and Roger the kangaroo. I recall some good times kicking my friends' asses as those goofballs.

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Kuma gives Leroy Smith a giant bear hug

On top of the extra characters, you also get more DLC such as a bunch of additional costumes and character customization items with a swanky Pac-Man set, a few new stages (Cave of Enlightenment, Vermillion Gates, and Island Paradise), the ability to view detailed frame data, and the enjoyable Ultimate Tekken Bowl mode. Tekken Bowl has been a fun distraction ever since its debut in Tekken Tag Tournament and now, it's more fully-featured and realistic than ever. With that in mind, the selection of both local and online modes is rather thin with a typical story mode and the rewarding Treasure Battle being the most substantial. It would have been awesome to also play an adaptation of the beat 'em up mode Tekken Force such as Devil Within from Tekken 5 and Scenario Campaign from Tekken 6.

Modes aside; I thoroughly enjoyed both the gallery and customization elements of Tekken 7 Definitive Edition. Back in the day, it was a great deal of fun to complete arcade mode for each character in every Tekken game so you could be rewarded with a special FMV cutscene and you can watch every single one of them from the series' history here which is just awesome. Meanwhile, customizing the characters can make them look completely different and although there are a lot of items to equip on everyone right off the bat, there are loads more goodies to unlock via Treasure Battle. Oh, and there is a PlayStation VR mode where you can play simple never-ending matches and view customized character models in virtual reality. It's very minimal and inconsequential but kind of cool nonetheless.

Finally, playing Tekken 7 Definitive Edition made me excited for Tekken 8 because not only is it a ton of fun and full of nostalgia, it also feels kind of dated. Specifically, the load times are extraordinarily long so I imagine that if the next Tekken game is on PlayStation 5, you could jump into battle much sooner without having to wait for extended periods of time between every single match. Additionally, its graphics would probably be much better, especially with HDR support as well as a high resolution and frame rate on display.

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Time to unwind from a day of fighting with a few rounds of bowling

If you haven't played Tekken in a while then Tekken 7 Definitive Edition is one heck of a cool package with tons of characters and gameplay that's familiar yet refined. It may be missing things here and there but it'll certainly get you pumped for a sequel.

  • + Familiar Tekken gameplay with new mechanics that help make it feel fresh
  • + Contains tons of excellent characters
  • + Nifty extras and customization elements
  • - Still missing some classic characters
  • - Could use even more modes
  • - Load times are kind of a pain
8.0 out of 10
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